Bayern Munich confirm Mario Mandzukic exit

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Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer has confirmed that Mario Mandzukic will join Spanish champions Atletico Madrid this summer.

Mandzukic joined the Bavarian outfit in 2012 from Wolfsburg for a fee in the region of 13million euros, going on to net 33 times in 54 Bundesliga games.

However, the German champions confirmed that the Croatian would be on his way out when introducing their new signing Robert Lewandowski, who has agreed a five-year deal.

The Pole agreed a switch earlier in the season from rivals Borussia Dortmund, opting to turn down the chance to renew his deal with Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Sammar admitted that the paperwork had not yet been completed with Atleti but insisted that an agreement was in place.
He said: “Nothing is signed yet. But I think each other’s word can be relied upon.”

The 28-year-old netted twice for Croatia at the World Cup in Brazil this summer but was unable to help them advance out of a tough Group A containing the hosts, Mexico and Cameroon.

The former Dynamo Zagreb man is expected to fill the role of the outgoing Diego Costa at the Vicente Calderon, with the Spain international on the verge of completing a move to Chelsea.

Mandzukic will have some big boots to fill in La Liga after Costa played a huge role in helping Los Rojiblancos claim the title ahead of Barcelona and Real Madrid, while also securing a place in the Champions League final only to lose to rivals Real.

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